It's never been an easy road for Age James.
In fact, it's been more like a grueling highway, filled with obstacles and tiring nights. But Age doesn't see it as a hindrance...He's loved the highway all his life. He grew up off of California State Highway 38 that leads the back-way up to Big Bear, CA - just outside of Yucaipa, CA where he attended high school. He even named his country cover band he and his brother started after the two lane road and he's written tunes about it such as "Family of The Lonely Highway".
And living next to Interstate 24 in Nashville, TN doesn't bother him much either. He says, "It's the siren song that keeps calling me. It may be a little loud, but it brings me comfort."
Ever since he was 10 years old, moving to Nashville, TN has been on his radar. After college, he decided it was time to pursue the dream. He took everything he owned, including his coveted collection of Garth Brooks albums and headed to Nashville.
Since then, he has played numerous shows in Tennessee and California, including the Hard Rock Cafe, Exit/In, War Memorial Auditorium and the Roxy on Sunset Blvd. He has written with some of the most talented songwriters in Nashville and worked with others on different projects.
In October of 2015 he completed his first album "The Other Side - EP" and plans to tour extensively during the spring, summer and fall of 2016.
His music can best be described as rootsy-rock with country songwriting, with influences such as Tom Petty, Bob Seger, The Eagles and Zac Brown Band. His plan was to bring back the 1970's L.A. Rock that he grew up around and blend it with his passion for country music.
"I never wanted to be something I wasn't." James says. "Two guitars and an organ - that's the music I love! I never wanted to add a bunch of country instrumentation if it wasn't me..."
But James isn't ready to say his stuff is the new Country Rock that you hear on the radio, "I think a lot of the new stuff has a lot of 80's and 90's influence and, as much as I love that stuff, I would say that my music has more of a classic rock feel, without it feeling like I am pushing country to a pop or heavy-rock direction. I love and respect country music and I have no desire to change the style from that of the glory days. I just want to find my place in the genre while still being myself…"